USA 93m, Colour
Director: Wes Anderson; Cast: Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Olivia Williams, Seymour Cassel, Brian Cox
Rushmore is the story of Max Fischer a troubled 15 year-old student whose failing grades are secondary to his numerous extracurricular activities, which include a crush on Rosemary Cross, the school’s alluring and recently widowed grade 1 teacher. Unfortunately for Max, his friend Herman Blume, played by Bill Murray, also admires Rosemary. Unique performances and a quirky plot are fittingly accompanied by an inventive use of 1960s pop songs which are not contemporary to the film, but which provide a perfect mood for this engaging and enjoyable film. Rushmore is also notable for the reintroduction of Bill Murray as a serious film actor, who would go on to appear in a number of Anderson’s best films (Klaus Ming June 2010).